Monday, February 19, 2018


Presidents' Day is an American holiday that is celebrated each year on the third Monday in February.  It originally began to recognize George Washington and was celebrated on his actual birthday.  In the 1970s, the holiday was moved to the third Monday as a part of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act.  Some places still have individual holidays to celebrate different figures, but Presidents' Day is often viewed as a day to celebrate all of the United States presidents.

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Want to learn more about your favorite president or want to learn more about the presidents?  Here are some books on our past presidents to get you started.

Valiant Ambition by Nathaniel Philbrick
The Quartet by Joseph J. Ellis
The Washingtons by Flora Fraser
Friends Divided by Gordon Wood
The Lost Founding Father by William Cooper Jr.
Lincoln and the Abolitionists by Fred Kaplan
Diaries I, 1779-1821 by John Quincy Adams
Secret Lives of the U.S. Presidents by Cormac O'Brien
Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates by Brian Kilmeade
The Great Divide by Thomas J. Fleming
James Madison by Lynne Cheney
Jefferson and Hamilton by John Ferling
The Three Lives of James Madison by Noah Feldman
Cradles of Power by Harold Gullan
Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans by Brian Kilmeade
Martin Van Buren by John Niven
Grant by Ron Chernow
William Henry Harrison by Gail Collins
Zachary Taylor by John S.D. Eisenhower

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Monday, February 12, 2018


It's Valentine's Day this week!

Valentine's Day is a holiday that celebrates love and romance.  And, whether you love or hate this holiday, it's hard to avoid it.  To help you get ready to celebrate Valentine's Day, we have put together a list of love stories.  Pick one up today!

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Come Sundown by Nora Roberts
Overseas by Beatriz Williams
Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Venetia by Georgette Heyer
Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie
First Star I See Tonight by Susan Elizabeth Philips

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Monday, February 5, 2018


This month our book club will be reading Sisi: Empress On Her Own by Allison Pataki.  This story takes place during the mid-nineteenth century, and it follows Empress Elisabeth of Austria-Hungary, wife of Franz Joseph. 

Once you have finished reading Sisi, try reading one of Allison Pataki's other books.  She is the author of four novels.

Looking for work similar to Sisi?  Give one of these books a try.

Abundance by Sena Jeter Naslund
The Chess Machine by Robert Lohr
Circling the Sun by Paula McLain
The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin
The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory
The Spy by Paulo Coelho
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
The Vatican Princess by C.W. Gortner
Medici's Daughter by Sophie Perinot

Monday, January 29, 2018

Books Coming to the Big Screen in Winter 2018

Every year there are new movie adaptations of books and 2018 is starting off with some good ones! Read these titles before you see them on the big screen this winter!

The Leisure Seeker by Michael Zadoorian - premieres January 19
12 Strong by Doug Stanton - premieres January 19
The Death Cure by James Dashner (The Maze Runner Series) - premieres January 26
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter - premieres  February 9
Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer - premieres February 23
Every Day by David Levinthan - premieres February 23
The War with Grandpa by Robert Kimmel Smith - premieres February 23
Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews - premieres March 2
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle - premieres  March 9
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli - premieres March 16 (Movie title is Love, Simon)
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline - premieres March 30

Monday, January 22, 2018

Squirrel Appreciation Day

Believe it or not squirrel appreciation day is January 21st. Why not appreciate these little creatures by reading a book featuring them?

Books for Younger Kids

Ol' Mama Squirrel by David Ezra Stein
The Secret Life of Squirrels: A Love Story by Nancy Rose
Squirrels Leap, Squirrels Sleep by April Pulley Sayre
Squirrels on Skis by Ray J. Hamilton
Those Darn Squirrels by Adam Rubin

Books for Older Kids
Super Turbo vs. The Flying Ninja Squirrels by Kirby Lee
Smarter than Squirrels by Lucy Nolan
Sophie the Squirrel by Lily Small
Little Tails in the Forest by Frédéric Brrémaud

Books for Teens
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Shannon Hale
Rakkety Tam by Brian Jacques
The Fire Within by Chris D'Lacey

Books for Adults
Squirrels at My Window: Life with a Remarkable Gang of Urban Squirrels by Grace Marmor Spruch
Squirrels: The Animal Answer Guide by Richard W. Thorington, Jr., and Katie Ferrell.

Or if you'd rather, check out The Nut Job or The Nut Job 2.

Happy Squirrel Appreciation Day!

Monday, January 15, 2018

MLK Day Books for Children

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Every year on this day we remember the life and legacy of the civil rights leader. There are many wonderful books and biographies about Dr. King. Here is a list of some recommended titles to share with children.

Dream March : Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the March on Washington by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

I am Martin Luther King, Jr. by Brad Meltzer

I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King, Jr. ; paintings by Kadir Nelson.

Love will see you through : Martin Luther King Jr.'s six guiding beliefs (as told by his niece) by Angela Farris Watkins

March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World by Christine King Farris

Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport

Martin's Dream Day by Kitty Kelley

The Story of Martin Luther King Jr. by Johnny Ray Moore

Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.? by Bonnie Bader

Monday, January 8, 2018

Introducing SHARE!

We are so excited to introduce you to our new catalog system called SHARE! We are transitioning from our old system, known to you as RockCat, to SHARE this week! Here's some information for you about this change.

What is SHARE?
The SHARE Consortium is an automation and resource-sharing partnership founded in 2005. The current members are the Lakeshores Library System, Kenosha County Library System, and Arrowhead Library System (that's us!).

Why are we joining SHARE?
  • To reduce costs
  • To upgrade our circulation and cataloging software 
  • To empower you with more control over your library experience

What can I expect?
  • More items! Your library card will now be accepted at 28 libraries with a joint collection of 2.15 million items.
  • Lower late fines - All adult materials and youth DVDs will accrue a late fine of $0.25 per day and all other children's material will accrue a late fine of $0.10 per day.
  • Easier access to digital items - eBooks and eAudio will now be listed in your catalog search results alongside traditional, physical items.
  • Text message reminders - If you would like to receive reminders about holds, upcoming due dates, and more over text now you can. You can also receive these notices over email or phone.
  • Pay bills online - Don't want to come into the library to pay in cash, no problem! You can pay with a debit or credit card online.
  • Favorite Author's Club - Want to be added to the holds list as soon as your favorite author's new book it out? Just sign up for the Favorite Author's Club and you'll holds will automatically be placed for you whenever that author releases a new book.

How do I start using SHARE?
  • Visit our website to search the catalog
  • Download the BookMyne app to search the catalog, renew items, and more. 
  • Remember to use your new PIN number - It's the last four digits of the phone number we have on file for you. You can use this to log into your account and create a new pin if you want. 
Please, stop in or call us at 608-882-2260 if you have any questions about using SHARE.